California suffering through driest three years ever recorded, with no relief in sight — even in this, the wetter state of Texas — and it’s getting worse in New York.
The city that always rains — always is raining — is expected to average 4.1 inches of precipitation over the next 30 days, with a high water year-end total of 8.2 inches.
And the city that always, always rains even with heavy snow and snowstorms, washes the streets, has no water to spare, and people are having to dig out their cars for six weeks to get to a grocery store — the dry season is just beginning.
By the time the snow melts, and the rainy season ends, New York will have seen 2.1 inches of rain, a record, and the weather service calls for another round of intense storms, as strong winds and rain descend on the Adirondacks and Catskills.
“Even though there’ll be rain, it’s not enough to make up for the lack of moisture,” said Meteorologist Patrick Madden of the National Weather Service’s Mount Washington Observation Station.
It’s not just New York. The city of San Francisco has been experiencing dry, hot and windy conditions for six straight days, and the National Weather Service has issued the city a flash flood emergency, warning of the risk for “significant flooding” in the event that storms hit the hills and valleys of the Bay Area on New Year’s Eve.
In Los Angeles, the city’s water systems are at dangerously low levels, after months of drought that has left the city without rainfall for more than a year. And more than 20,000 residents living along the Santa Ana River in L.A.’s Central Valley have suffered from water scarcity, leading to a water rationing system where residents must ration their water consumption in order to avoid running out of water.
“It’s so critical that we take measures now to protect families and businesses in the face of future drought,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a statement. “I’ve asked the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to establish an emergency manager and to begin the process of creating a long-term plan to protect our water systems. This will be a tough, but necessary, step to ensure we can provide more certainty for families and